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Mercury Contamination in the Northeastern US: The Importance of Regional versus Global Sources

Tom Holsen
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clarkson University

Abstract
This presentation will discuss the sources of mercury to the atmosphere and the relative contributions of anthropogenic and natural emissions. The forms and concentrations of mercury commonly found in the atmosphere and how the form of mercury influences itís cycling through the environment will be presented. Techniques that can be used to link ambient measurements to potential sources will be described, and potential sources of mercury found in New York State discussed. Current EPA Hg regulatory strategies and how these strategies relate to current understanding of mercury movement in the environment will be presented.